Create ribbon charts in Power BI

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You can create ribbon charts to visualize data, and quickly discover which data category has the highest rank (largest value). Ribbon charts are effective at showing rank change, with the highest range (value) always displayed on top for each time period.

Screenshot shows a ribbon chart with data for Audio, Cell phones, and other categories displayed by year and quarter.


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This tutorial uses the Retail Analysis Sample PBIX file.

  1. From the upper left section of the menubar, select File > Open report.

  2. Find your copy of the Retail Analysis Sample PBIX file.

  3. Open the Retail Analysis Sample PBIX file in report view.

  4. Select to add a new page.

Create a ribbon chart

  1. To create a ribbon chart, select Ribbon chart from the Visualizations panel.

    Visualization templates.

    Ribbon charts connect a category of data over the visualized time continuum using ribbons, enabling you to see how a given category ranks throughout the span of the chart's x-axis (usually the timeline).

  2. Select fields for X-axis, Legend, and Y-axis. In this example, we've selected: Store > OpenDate, Item > Category, and Sales > This Year Sales > Value.

    Screenshot showing the selected fields.

    Since the dataset contains data for only one year, we removed the Year and Quarter field from the X-axis well.

  3. The ribbon chart shows rank for every month. Notice how rank changes across time. For example, the Home category moves from second to fifth from February to March.

    [Screenshot shows the ribbon chart you created with some data called out.

Format a ribbon chart

When you create a ribbon chart, you have formatting options available in the Format section of the Visualizations pane. The formatting options for ribbon charts are similar to those for a stacked column chart, with more formatting options that are specific to the ribbons.

Screenshot shows the format icon selected and the Ribbons area expanded.

These formatting options for ribbon charts let you make adjustments.

  • Spacing lets you adjust how much space appears between ribbons. The number is the percentage of the column's maximum height.
  • Match series color allows you to match the color of the ribbons with the series color. When set to off, ribbons are gray.
  • Transparency specifies how transparent the ribbons are, with the default set to 30.
  • Border lets you place a dark border on the top and bottom of the ribbons. By default, borders are off.

Since the ribbon chart does not have y-axis labels, you may want to add data labels. From the Formatting pane, select Data labels.

Formatting options for data labels.

Set formatting options for your data labels. In this example, we've set the text color to white and display units to thousands.

Screenshot shows your final formatted ribbon chart.

Next steps

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